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Anthurium Magnificum Care Guide
Now, let’s talk about how to care for a growing Anthurium magnificum plant. While it may seem a little daunting to grow this tropical plant indoors, it is actually a very simple process that even someone new to gardening can easily follow.
In our comprehensive care guide below, we provide you with all the basic knowledge such as its light, water, and soil requirements that you need to know to grow some healthy Anthurium magnificum plants on your own.
– Water Requirements
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when watering this tropical plant. Firstly, you need to be careful not to underwater or overwater your plant. Indeed, maintaining a proper and well-balanced watering routine is important. Secondly, you need to change the watering pattern according to the seasons and climate.
It is best to maintain a regular watering pattern so that you do not neglect the plant by underwatering it. It is important to regularly water your Anthurium magnificum, especially in the summer months. You can water them at least two to three times weekly or as soon as you notice that the soil has become dry 60 to 80 percent. Do not wait for it to dry completely. Otherwise, the leaves will shrivel up and die.
On the other hand, you do not want to overwater your plant either. If too much stagnant water accumulates around the roots, they will rot because not enough oxygen will be able to reach them, and the plant will also be at a higher risk of dying from bacterial diseases.
So always feel the soil before you water the plant, especially in colder weather when the soil tends to hold more moisture. If you feel that the soil is still very moist, then wait for it to dry a little more before watering the plant again. In winter, you can leave the plant for one or two weeks without watering.
– Light Requirements
It is best to keep these plants in an area where they will receive plenty of gentle sunlight and warmth. Placing them in your garden under a filter or a green shade is good to keep these plants thriving. If you plan to keep them indoors, put them away from any windows that receive direct sunlight. If these sensitive plants are exposed to harsh midday sunlight, the chances are that their leaves will become damaged.
Also, remember that during the winter, the Anthurium magnificum plant is in a dormant phase, so it does not need much light.
– Soil Requirements
When it comes to the soil for your Anthurium magnificum, there are two things you should remember.
- One, it must be well-draining so that all the extra water drains down to the bottom of the pot and can be thrown away easily. This protects the roots from rotting.
- Second, the soil must be airy but still should have some moisture retention capability. This is because Anthurium magnificum plants do not like completely dry soils.
To achieve these requirements, you need to pick a soil type with the right kind of ingredients. Conveniently, ready-made Anthurium soil substrates are available on the market. If you can find them, you can use orchid or perlite mix as substitutes.
Ideally, the right kind of soil mixture will contain sphagnum moss, perlite, mulch, charcoal, and some gravel. The perlite keeps the soil airy while still holding some moisture.
Мeanwhile, the sphagnum moss ensures that all the excess water drains out of the soil from the bottom of the pot. This way, the soil does not become water-logged but remains moist with a good circulation of air. Lastly, try to keep the pH level of the soil close to neutral, which is somewhere between 6.5-7.5 pH.
– Temperature Requirements
A quick note on temperature requirements. Since these are tropical plants, they thrive best in warm temperatures ranging from 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything lower than this temperature can be harmful to the plant as they do not do well in cold temperatures. You must also be very careful to keep the plant away from frosty conditions. Otherwise, the plant will die if frost forms on its leaves.
– Humidity Requirements
Since these plants are naturally found in rainforests, they prefer environments with high humidity levels. This can be a problem if you plan on growing this plant indoors because of the low humidity inside buildings. If the air does not have enough moisture, these plants tend to dry out, so you need to recreate a humid environment for them.
To do this, you will need to install a humidifier in the room where you keep your Anthurium magnificum. A more budget-friendly method is to use a tray of pebbles. Simply get a tray, put a layer of smooth, round pebbles on it, and pour water till it reaches the bottom of the pebble layer. Place your pot on this tray. As the water from the tray evaporates, your plant will have a layer of humid air around it.
Another simple method to raise humidity levels is to gently spray the leaves with water to create a little mist around the plant. This makes the condition similar to its natural environment in the rainforest.
– Fertilizer Requirements
Anthurium magnificum plants definitely do better with an extra nutrient boost, so don’t be shy to fertilize them regularly during summer. Moreso during their growing season, which is from March to September. It is advisable to fertilize your plant once every two months during this period to keep it growing healthily.
You do not need to fertilize much during the winter months as the plant is usually in a dormant state. In fact, too much fertilizer, especially when it’s not needed, can actually do more harm than good. Too much fertilizer salt in the soil can kill off the roots, so be very careful not to overdo it.
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